I was an innocent youngster-turned-gangster whose journey took me from the dangerous streets of South Central Los Angeles to the Deep South in Natchez, Mississippi. A life of crime and several stints in prison led up to my being shot and left for dead in a drug deal gone bad, forcing me into the ultimate struggle for survival. After undergoing an intense rehabilitation in which I had to overcome paralysis throughout the right side of my body, I wrote my story about the deep secrets of street life and the underworld, but also of how I eventually embraced God’s redemption and forgiveness. My story is one of pain, despair, crime, love, healing—all leading to where I am today—hoping to make a positive difference in the lives of others and becoming a beacon of hope for those who need it most.